Hanna Ryti – convener, director and writer
Ina Niemelä – lighting and video design, animations
Anne Karttunen – set and space design, building
Heini Maaranen – set and space design, building
Julia Lappalainen – writer and actor
Kimmo Siren – building
Petra Hakkarainen – set design intern
Marja Uusitalo – knitting
Oona Niemelä – sewing and light help
Veera Vienola – production intern

Revolution! is a theatrical installation with very few rules (please take off your shoes and take care of your friend!) One is free to touch, experience and play with the signs of power and empowerment.  Take your space between a giant and soft wobbly bits or sit on a tongue in front of words.

The working group interviewed 12 six-year-olds to ask how do they understand power, and if they had it what would they do with it. The answers were concrete and we took that seriously. Hands – represent the power of muscles and violence, closeness and greatness. Eyes – the power of overlooking, seeing and judging. Also the magnificent power of an approving gaze was in our minds.  Ears – listening or shutting out, trust and secrets. One enters to the space through a giant mouth – that is the gate for words. But the entrance goes inside a person, where the words are secondary.

If the first room is the room of body parts, the second room is the children playground in the world of wealth and power, where one can swim in a pool of candy wrappers, build a castle of soft golden coins and diamonds, draw the walls and make a mark. However all this is overlooked by fearful looking clay faces.

Power, responsibility and caring has been re-evaluated among the working group as we contemplated  our own attitudes towards children, and how our own childhood experiences have shaped and are shaping our perspectives. In the world of children the line between arbitrary adult rules and structured life that creates the feeling of security is thin and fluid.

Kaikki hyvin kasvimaalla

Performers – Marjo Selin, Sanna Kaisa Sundström and Ina Niemelä Dramatisation – Outi-Maria Takkinen
Director – Sami Nieminen
Choreographer – Marjo Selin
Composer and sound designer – Sanna-Kaisa Sundström
Set designers – Ina Niemelä and Camilla Pentti
Sewing and building – Oona Niemelä
Audience work – Kiti Hakkola and Outi-Maria Takkinen
Production –Vattumadon talo ry/ Outi-Maria Takkinen and Ina Niemelä, Rasa Collective/ Marjo Selin

The production has been supported by the City of Helsinki Cultural Office, the Finnish Cultural Foundation, the Central Arts Council of Finland and the Wihuri Foundation.

Premiere in STOA 7.9.2016.

The frog, the dragonfly and the caterpillar live in the vegetable garden. There is light, there are clouds, there is water – and then there’s winter. This production invites children and adults into the vegetable garden as well, so they can play and make music.

The inspiration for this performance is the poetry book All is well in the garden, written by Jukka Itkonen and illustrated by Camilla Pentti (publisher Lasten Keskus, 2014). The play is aimed at preschool-aged children. Join us and celebrate speed and commotion, the power of being little and the miracle of growing!

Lobby Garden in STOA culture centre in Itäkeskus. Grown and built together with Lasten ja nuorten puutarhayhdistys .

Photos – Matti Kurkela, Illustrations – Camilla Pentti

All Is Well In The Garden, Small size days in Annantalo 2017